What's in a Rick Owens Retrospective? Whatever He Wants

Advertisement You enter the Rick Owens exhibition at the Triennale di Milano through a tall notch sliced from a white wall angled like a ziggurat. Within, a darkened antechamber has a backstage vibe. Two columns of spotlights mounted on a scaffolding arch face off, creating a wall of light beams through which you cross, as if passing through a final check before stepping out onto the runway. “Subhuman Superhuman Inhuman” is the first retrospective in Mr. Owens’s 23-year fashion career. The runway atmosphere is not coincidental, Mr. Owens said. On the one hand, the introspection that goes into a self-curated retrospective dictates that “this is kind of a portentous, significant moment.” On the other: “It’s also another show, and I do four shows a year. If I didn’t, something like this would be a lot more intense, probably. It’s kind of a show of all my shows.” Icy-crisp winter daylight courses through high windows in the exhibition proper, which opens with a group of white-clad mannequi..

London to host self-curated Azzedine Alaïa exhibition next spring

[unable to retrieve full-text content] London to host self-curated Azzedine Alaïa exhibition next spring The GuardianGet Ready for the Azzedine Alaïa Retrospective at London's New Design Museum Next Spring artnet NewsAn Azzedine Alaïa Exhibition Is Opening In London Next Spring Refinery29Full coverage

Designer continues to make his mark with metallic pieces

MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — In a third-floor studio above an appliance store in Mansfield, Anthony Ferrara and his wife and partner, Rose, preside over a large collection of sparkling, metal-mesh garments, handcrafted accessories and mementos of a career in high fashion. Ferrara is the man widely credited for creating the shiny, often outrageous mesh tops, halters and dresses that shocked the world of women's clothing in the 1970s and '80s and continue to occupy a unique niche in the fashion world. His pieces have sold for $7,000 and more, and famous customers range from Elizabeth Taylor to Barbra Streisand to Cher. Made up of thousands of plated or colored metal links, the jeweled creations are often described as wearable art. Examples of Ferrara's fashions along with other artwork will go on display Jan. 19-21 at the Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. Metal mesh had been used for decades on consumer products like women's handbags before Ferrara recogni..

A Q&A with the Designer behind the LXi Cabin Collection, Flexjet's New Artisanal Aircraft...

As part of its Red Label program, which provides clients with late-model aircraft and flight crews who are assigned to specific planes, the fractional and charter provider Flexjet now offers the LXi Cabin Collection, a series of more than 20 different cabin designs for the aircraft in its fleet. Ric Michaels, the director of product development for Flexjet, is the collection’s lead designer. He spoke about the evolution of fractional-aircraft interiors, the process of designing the collection, and some of his favorite interiors. Can you give some background information about the LXi collection?It’s the, let’s say, tangible component of Red Label. It’s intended to differentiate our fractional and charter products from this industry that is very accustomed to having the same color, the same theme for all aircraft interiors. Isn’t there a strategy to having a sameness to interiors? They may not excite anyone, but they also won’t offend anyone.That’s a correct assessment. Let me rewind the..

5 Great Art Exhibitions to See in New York Before They Close

Advertisement The winter holidays get a bit frantic, and not just with gift-buying and related rituals. All those art exhibitions you’ve been meaning to see for months are closing soon. Don’t panic — one strategy is to use art-viewing to mitigate the holiday stresses. Here are some worthwhile shows that may have escaped your notice and will all close after New Year’s (with one gallery exhibition that ends sooner). These worthy shows may just rekindle your stamina. Metropolitan Museum of ArtRembrandt’s “The Last Supper, after Leonardo da Vinci,” 1634–35, red chalk, from the exhibition “Leonardo to Matisse: Master Drawings From the Robert Lehman Collection.”CreditThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkSome of the exhibitions on my list have tended to be overshadowed by more attention-grabbing shows nearby. None more so than “Leonardo to Matisse: Drawings From the Robert Lehman Collection,” which has had to compete with David Hockney and Michelangelo. The Met’s show displays 60 of the gr..

Female designers make a major fashion statement at the 2018 Golden Globes. Now what?

A majority of stars who stepped onto the 75th Golden Globes’ red carpet embraced an all-black dress code supporting the Time’s Up movement, Hollywood’s newly launched effort in stamping out workplace discrimination and sexual harassment. While red-carpet attendees were quick to show their solidarity with their spin on the evening’s color theme (or lack thereof), some managed to take that message of unity one step further by donning female designers for the evening. “I had half my clients in women [designers], and half were not,” said Tara Swennen, who styled several stars, including best supporting actress winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), who wore a gown by Italian designer Mario Dice. “It was definitely something that we were trying to attain, but sometimes it just wasn’t possible.” Bdq11sLFjCwChalk it up to the fact that there were hardly enough dresses and tuxedos to go around, with the black theme being embraced throughout the night — from the awards show to the after-parties. “..

10 home-design trend predictions for 2018

By Megan McDonoughThe Washington Post Wed., Jan. 3, 2018 New Year’s is just around the corner, and while you’re deciding on your annual resolutions, the design world is setting its sights on what styles will be big in 2018. The home remodelling and design platform Houzz is ahead of the game, having recently released its top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends noticed among its 40 million monthly users, gives a glimpse of what we might soon see in our homes — and on our social media feeds. Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker spoke about Houzz’s conclusions, and why these particular trends are gaining traction. 1. More colour in kitchens Although white will always be a classic colour for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colours, such as warm wood tones (example: mahogany) and neutrals (example: grays and blues), into the space to give ..

Apple reportedly not joining forces with designer Alber Elbaz

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Apple reportedly not joining forces with designer Alber Elbaz Los Angeles TimesFull coverage

Westport artist helps bring a room to life

Photo: Contributed Photo Image 1of/4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Russell Melzer, of Westport, creates art under the name B. Russell, which helps designers visualize the rooms they are decorating through her illustrations and paintings. Russell Melzer, of Westport, creates art under the name B. Russell, which helps designers visualize the rooms they are decorating through her illustrations and paintings. Photo: Contributed Photo Image 2 of 4 This illustration by Russell Melzer, of Westport, is for the 2017 Rooms with a View designer showcase for designer Robert Passal, of New York City. This illustration by Russell Melzer, of Westport, is for the 2017 Rooms with a View designer showcase for designer Robert Passal, of New York City. Photo: B. Russell / Contributed Photo Image 3 of 4 Art by Russell Melzer for a Paris pop-up salon. Art by Russell Melzer for a Paris pop-up salon. Photo: B. Russell / Contributed Photo Image 4 of 4 Westport artist helps bring a room to life Back to Gallery..

Designs for life

“We got to see new stone materials, and design possibilities,” say Utkarsha, who does not give a second name. She, Shivani Methi and Bhumika Ostwal are excitedly exploring the range of new materials available. They are part of a group of 50 interior design students from the Institute of Fashion, Media & Allied Arts, Aurangabad, here in Pune on a field trip to see A&i Digest’s Design Exhibition. Founded 20 years ago by editor Amit Danait, A&i Digest has been organising the exhibition for 15 years. Mr. Danait says the intent is “to bring architecture and interior design trends, worldwide and ethnic, to the masses.” This year’s edition features exhibitors from 100 architecture and interior design studios, with design solutions from around the world, and a window to innovative trends across residential, commercial, landscape & urban planning projects, covering the gamut from natural stone materials to integrated automation systems, ergonomic kitchen countertops and stretchable ceilings, la..

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